The newsletter In Geneva In English presents cultural activities that can be enjoyed by English speakers without any knowledge of French.

March 2018


groove n move

Groove'n Move Festival

The Groove is back again this year with its showcase of local and international street and urban creativity: dance companies, performers, exclusive DJs, all here in Geneva for an amazing week of Groove ‘n Move. Not just live performances, but also documentaries, battles, and hip hop styles are ready to take over some of Geneva’s coolest venues:  the Zoo, the Grütli Arts Centre, the MEG or the Undertown.

24.02 - 04.03

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 © Homard Payett - Groove'n Move


What's on in March at the MEG

Geneva’s Museum of Ethnography – the MEG  – has a whole lot in store for English-speaking visitors and their families this March. Tiny tot music workshops, a festival of Brazilian folk music and culture, and a grand tour of the MEG collection in English. For a change of scenery and fun times in the newest and most iconic of the City of Geneva’s museums, there’s nothing like a trip to the MEG!  Admission free to almost all activities, most of which are family-friendly.


March - Musée d'ethnographie


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© Nicole Zermatten - Ville de Genève

Ma soul is my visa

The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people” is brought to the stage once again by Geneva’s most vibrant band of amateur thespians. A new, slightly more modern, take on this ageless satire of the English aristocracy that promises an effervescent evening of incisive wit and irrepressible laughter.


Tuesday-Friday 8PM

Saturday 7PM

27.02 - 03.03  - Théâtre de l'Espérance

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Unitile – Dance

/Unitile - Dance

Geneva-born choreographer and dancer Foofwa D’Imobilité leads ten other stateless citizens of the 21st century as they explore the causes of their exiles and sufferings. They find healing in the unpredictable, regenerating, transcendent power of dance that affirms the oneness of humanity.

Weekdays 8:30PM - Saturday 7PM - Sunday 6PM

No performance on Monday and Tuesday

28.02 - 11.03 - Salle des Eaux-Vives

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© Gregory Batardon

ADEM – Spirit of Brazil

ADEM  - Spirit of Brazil

In the wake of Carnival season, Geneva’s experts in world and folk music are bringing the greatest of Brazil’s ethnic performance traditions to the streets of Geneva. ADEM has planned a week-long festival of samba, capoeira and candomblé but also folk poetry, music and film, hosted at the MEG and the Alhambra.
“Spirit of Brazil” activities suitable for English speakers are listed in this month’s “What’s on at the MEG in March” feature.



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Alhambra Al di Meola

Al Di Meola, jazz guitar

In his lifetime, US jazz guitarist Al Di Meola has become one of the greatest performers of his instrument. Starting in 1974 with Chick Corea and his group Return Forever, Al Di Meola is now at the apex of his style: jazz and latin fusion. With its intelligent mixture of fusion, flamenco and other Mediterranean influences, Al Di Meola’s set at the Alhambra will blend deliciously with Fausto Beccalossi’s accordion, promising an evening of exceptional jazz pleasure.


07.03 - Alhambra

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Brice Leroux

Solo / Brice Leroux - Dance

French artist Brice Leroux delivers a fiercely intense and rigorously precise performance, where he not only affirms his skill as a dancer but also his illusionist mastery of video technology and his musical creativity.

Weekdays : 8:30PM

Saturday : 7PM

14.02 - 17.03 - Salle des Eaux-Vives

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© Arthur Ballan


Drag Drag Solo – Cally Spooner

Drag Drag Solo / Cally Spooner

New York-based performance artist Cally Spooner’s largest solo show to date, sitting somewhere between a retrospective and a rehearsal,  is hosted at the CAC. With a cast of performers, text and objects, her absurdist scripts, fictions, films and events explore the choreography of invisible violence in the digital age.

Saturday 12AM - public rehearsal
Sunday 3PM – public rehearsal followed by a a reading by Cally Spooner at 4PM

17-18.03 - Centre d'art contemporain

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© Centre d'art contemporain Genève

Cendres (“Ashes”) – Puppet Theatre

Cendres ("Ashes") - Puppet Theatre

International residents of Geneva often miss out on the Geneva Puppet Theatre for language reasons, but no words are used to recount this psycho-thriller from darkest Scandinavia. An arsonist terrorizes a tiny village in Norway and Franco-Norwegian company Plexus Polaire shows how spine-chillingly realistic puppets can be when they represent human beings losing their mind.


Tuesday 8PM -  Wednesday to Saturday 7PM - Sunday 5PM

20-25.03 - Théâtre des Marionnettes

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© Claire Leroux

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

English music at its finest with the BBC Symphony and its musical director Sakari Oramo presenting Britten’s D minor violin concerto, with young Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang in charge of the piece’s impressive central cadenza, and the Swiss première of English composer Anna Clyne (b. 1980)’s piece This Midnight Hour. The programme ends with Beethoven’s beloved Sixth Symphony in F major  “Pastorale”.


26.03 - Victoria Hall

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